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MS in Special Education




The purpose of this study was to investigate the strategies used by educators to initiate equal opportunity for students with disabilities in the social environment known as the inclusive setting. This study also showed how children develop an understanding of what it means to have citizenship in the classroom, and how this stance is reached through the aid of peers and teachers. To be a citizen in the classroom is defined by Mara Sapon-Shevin as a naturalized individual who is entitled to the rights and privileges as any other student (2003). Having these rights and privileges encourages any student to comfortably learn in supportive environment. The citizenship learned in the classroom will encourage students to be leaders in their community with a voice.

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